The project is expected to start in the summer of 2013 and be complete by spring 2018.

Lottery Boost for Hawick park

Wilton Lodge Park in Hawick looks set to get a major facelift thanks to a two and a half million pound grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Polish soldiers exhibition

A new exhibition in Hawick explores how influential Polish culture is in the Borders and features rare artefacts from soldiers in WW2.

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Chanel promise 100 new jobs in the Borders

Chanel have announced they will be taking on 100 new staff in the Borders.

Bruno Pavlovsky, the company's fashion president, made the announcement on a visit to the Barrie Knitwear factory in Hawick.

He praised their efforts since the luxury goods firm took over the from Dawson International in October 2012.

"The people here have been fantastic. They have been so supportive of all the developments, working extra shifts to build this extra success and to continue that we need to find new people. We need to recruit."

– Bruno Pavlovsky, Fashion President of Chanel

The 100 new jobs would add to the existing 176-strong workforce at Barrie Knitwear.

The Barrie brand of cashmere clothing will launch next month and will be sold at 40 of the world's top clothing stores.

A dedicated boutique will open in Paris in June with a London store also being considered.

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Morphine stolen from Hawick care home

Ten vials of straight morphine have been stolen from a care centre in Hawick.

The 10mg clear glass bottles are believed to have been taken from a secure cupboard some time between 17 March and 30 March.

"We would like to warn people about the dangers of straight morphine as even a small amount of morphine could prove fatal. If anyone has information that could help with our inquiries they are urged to contact Police Scotland on 101."

– Police Constable Nicola Adamson, Police Scotland

Hawick house break-in

Police Scotland are appealing for witnesses after £640 worth of goods were stolen from a Hawick flat.

The break-in happened sometime between 6.30pm and 9.30pm on Wednesday 5th March at an address on Gladstone Street.

Electrical goods including a TV and games console were taken.

Police are asking witnesses that saw anything suspicious in the area at that time to get in touch.

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Respects paid to Cllr Zandra Elliot

Politicians and colleagues have joined family and friends to pay their respects to Councillor Zandra Elliot at her funeral in Hawick today.

The former Honorary Mayor of Hawick died of heart problems in hospital on Saturday, 22 February.

Among those in attendance at Teviot Church this morning were MP Michael Moore, MSP John Lamont and councillors from Scottish Borders Council.

MoD apologise 10 years after soldier's death

The mother of a Territorial Army soldier from the Scottish Borders who died of heatstroke in Iraq more than ten years ago has received an apology from the Ministry of Defence.

Private Jason Smith who was 32 and from Hawick, died in August 2003 after collapsing in temperatures exceeding 50 degrees celsius.

The MoD apologised "unreservedly" and acknowledged the finding that the risk of his death could have been reduced.

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